From March 18 to 19, 2014 the Workshop on Health-Related Millennium Development Goals will hold at the United Nations Headquarters, UN Plaza, New York, USA. This program is designed to assist in fulfilling the mission of the United Nations in setting targets for development, particularly in developing nations.
Health and the MDGs
The MDGs represent a global consensus on the broad goals of development to be achieved by 2015. Of the eight Millennium Development Goals, three are specifically health-related: Reduction of child mortality; Improvement of maternal health; and Combating HIV/AIDS, malaria and other significant communicable diseases. According to various studies, many developing countries will not achieve the MDGs without concerted efforts and commitment of additional resources. African nations, and Nigeria, in particular, are faced with an enormous challenge in reaching the Millennium Development Goals and targets.
According to the report of the Commission on Macroeconomics and Health, Geneva, WHO, 2001, “meeting these goals is feasible but far from automatic. Indeed, on our current trajectory, those goals will not be met for a significant proportion of the world’s poor. Success in achieving the MDGs will require a seriousness of purpose, a political resolve and an adequate flow of resources from high-income to low-income countries on a sustained and well-targeted basis”.
Where is Africa in achieving the health-related MDGs? What are the challenges faced by Nigeria in reducing child mortality and in improving maternal health? Can the set targets be met by 2015? These are the focus of the forthcoming workshop.
Program of Events
a) Workshop: Conference room meeting to generate plans, analyses and designs to support organizational efforts in meeting the Millennium Development Goals.
b) Lecture: Interactive session with UN officials with expertise in their fields, providing insight into the issues on the UN Agenda.
c) Visitation: Guided tour of the United Nations Headquarters.
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